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November 22, 2020
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  • and friends of CrefloDollar Ministries.
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  • announcer: Coming up nexton "Changing Your World."
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  • Creflo Dollar: Some of you richand don't even know you are,
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  • because you only thinkrich pertains to money.
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  • But I'm telling you to be richin love, and rich in joy, and
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  • rich in fellowship, and rich inall of these things that we seem
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  • to neglect.
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  • I am saying this is the day thatwe wanna show thanksgiving to
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  • Jesus for allowingus to live this life.
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  • I'm grateful for my life.
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  • male: The message is just fullyloaded with truth that our
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  • generation and oursociety needs today.
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  • ♪ This is your world, so let'svow to make it a better place ♪
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  • ♪ Let every heart that needs toknow your love is here to stay ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, oh, it's timeto live a new life ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, oh, let his loveshine bright in you ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, oh, we'resaved by his grace ♪
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  • ♪ So we embraceyour love today ♪
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  • ♪ We are changed ♪♪
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  • Creflo: You really have tosettle down and think to
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  • yourself, "Man, he'sbeen good to me."
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  • You have to really settle downand think about all the stuff.
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  • Sometimes you can get sodistracted with what's been
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  • happening, that you don't pauseand say, "Thank you,
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  • Jesus," why?
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  • Because what coulda, shoulda,woulda happened, but the hand of
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  • the Lord was in your life.
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  • Come on, give it upto him right now.
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  • Give it up to himright now, amen.
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  • And on these days when we beganto praise God and worship God,
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  • it was just so heartfelt, andI want you to join me in this.
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  • This is an oldBaptist hymn, it says:
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  • ♪ Thank you, thank you, Jesusfor my journey ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, you brought mefrom a long, long way ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, thank you, thank you,Jesus for my journey ♪
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  • ♪ Whoa, you brought mefrom a long, long way ♪
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  • And he sang something like this.
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  • ♪ Oh, you brought mefrom the dangers ♪
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  • ♪ Seen and unseen ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, you brought mefrom a long, long way ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, you brought mefrom the dangers ♪
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  • ♪ Seen and unseen ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, you brought mefrom a long, long way ♪
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  • And then it says:
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  • ♪ So glad I'm herein Jesus' name ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I'm so glad I'mhere in Jesus' name ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, I'm soglad I'm here ♪
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  • ♪ Yes, I'm so glad I'm here ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I'm so glad I'mhere in Jesus' name ♪
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  • Because you could have been deadsomewhere, and that's why you
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  • [inaudible]
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  • ♪ Oh, I'm so glad I'm herein Jesus' name ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, I'm so glad I'mhere in Jesus' name ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, I'm so glad I'm here ♪
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  • ♪ Yes, I'm soglad I'm here ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I'm so glad I'mhere in Jesus' name ♪
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  • And when we first started thechurch in the school, we sang:
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  • ♪ Hallelujah in his house ♪
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  • ♪ Never, never let yourproblems get you down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, and when life's problemscome your way ♪
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  • ♪ Hold your head uphigh and say ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujahin his house ♪
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  • Y'all remember that, come on.
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  • ♪ Oh, hallelujahin his house ♪
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  • ♪ You ought tonever, never ♪
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  • ♪ Let your problemget you down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, and when life's problemscome your way ♪
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  • ♪ Hold your head uphigh and say ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujahin his house ♪
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  • And then we took a versefrom another song that says:
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  • ♪ I remember the day,remember the hour ♪
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  • ♪ The Lord saved mewith his Holy Ghost power ♪
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  • ♪ I wish you could have beenthere when I came through ♪
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  • ♪ The church was on firewith the Holy Ghost, too ♪
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  • ♪ I know for myself thatI've been changed ♪
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  • ♪ The angels in heavendone signed my name ♪
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  • ♪ I said hallelujahin his house ♪
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  • ♪ You ought tonever, never ♪
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  • ♪ Let your problemsget you down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, and when life's problemscome your way ♪
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  • ♪ Hold your head uphigh and say ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujahin his house ♪
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  • Somebody shout threetimes, "Thank you Jesus.
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  • Thank you Jesus."
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  • Amen, oh, turn around and justgreet two or three people, and
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  • just tell 'em you love 'em,and wish 'em a happy
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  • Thanksgiving today.
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  • Amen.
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  • Praise God.
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  • If you have your Bibles thismorning, I wanna share some
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  • things with you I feel you cantake with you throughout the day
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  • and it would be ablessing to your life.
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  • I wanna talk to you aboutliving the grateful life.
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  • It's not just, you know, acliche or something, it's just
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  • something that really is sopowerful that happens when you
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  • live this life.
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  • You know, when we give God ourthanks and praise the way the
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  • Bible tells us, we releasesupernatural authority over
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  • whatever situationwe are facing.
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  • And God knows that some of youhave faced a lot of different
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  • situations so far.
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  • And yet, biblical thanksgivingis not just a worldly holiday
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  • tradition or a religiousactivity, but rather it's an
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  • everyday spiritual tool thatwe can use to stay on top and
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  • defeat the devil.
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  • Thanksgiving is what frees usfrom stress and the pressures
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  • while God is getting personallyinvolved on our behalf.
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  • And when we are grateful, andwhen we are thankful Christians,
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  • powerful, supernatural forcesfrom heaven are unleashed that
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  • cause things to work for usthe way that they should.
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  • You know, one of the thingsthat's very tempting and we've
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  • gotta be very careful not to doand allow ourselves to get there
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  • is that when things are notworking the way that they should
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  • work in our lives, sometimesthere's the temptation to sink
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  • into self-pity.
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  • And I want you to know youcan do that, but if you allow
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  • yourself to sink into self-pity,you miss out on what's on the
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  • other side of all of theattacks that come your way.
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  • I thought it would be awesomefor us to get together this
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  • morning, so that whatever may beworking right in your life, you
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  • can be thankful for it, whatevermay not be working right, right
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  • now, you can be thankful thatGod's got a way out of
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  • that thing.
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  • And it's just something aboutcoming together and leaning on
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  • one another, so that we won'tyield to that self-pity, because
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  • when you yield to self-pity, youopen the door for the enemy to
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  • come in and just tryto destroy your life.
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  • Don't allow one day tomess up your whole year.
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  • You know, it's just oneday, praise the Lord.
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  • And we're thanking God for thisparticular day, but so many
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  • people allow the pressures ofthis one day, or things didn't
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  • work out one day, or who showedup, or who didn't showed up for
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  • this one day, or what got cookedand what didn't get cooked for
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  • one day, turn to yourneighbor and say, "Chill."
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  • 'Cause we're nothere celebrating us.
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  • We're not here celebrating you.
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  • We wanna turn the attentionwhere it really belongs.
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  • We wanna turn the attention tothe Lord Jesus Christ, where we
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  • can focus on Jesus Christ, andyou can start when your eye
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  • is opened.
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  • Thank you, Lord, thatI can see another day.
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  • You wanna focus on Jesus Christ,who allowed you to-here's what
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  • we used to say in the Baptistchurch, "He allowed you to wake
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  • up in your right mind."
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  • Oh, come on, somebody.
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  • Still having use ofyour limbs, amen.
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  • Still being able to see.
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  • You can start off with smallthings, but when you don't have
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  • the use of those so-called smallthings, they all of a sudden
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  • become very big things, amen?
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  • And so, it's the attitudeof just being grateful.
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  • It's the attitude of beinggrateful for, first of all, you
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  • know, you and yourrelationship with God.
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  • And how can God use you on thisday to share with other people
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  • what he shares with you?
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  • This day of staying away fromself-pity, staying away from,
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  • you know, allowing your emotionsto govern your day, don't
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  • do that.
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  • This is the day thatthe Lord has made.
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  • We will, come on, rejoice andbe exceedingly glad in it, amen?
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  • And so, be glad today.
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  • Be glad today.
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  • Look at 1 Thessalonians chapter5 and verse 18, and I wanna show
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  • you that there's a tremendousamount of power that God intends
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  • on releasing in and for ourlives if we won't neglect
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  • thanksgiving, if we won'tforget to be thankful.
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  • If we don't allow ourselves, youknow, in Malachi, I believe it's
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  • chapter 2, they were judgedbecause they didn't give thanks.
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  • Thank God we're notunder that, amen?
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  • But look what he says, I'd liketo see this in the King James
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  • and then the Amplified.
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  • He says, "In everything givethanks, for this is the will of
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  • God in Christ Jesusconcerning you."
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  • What an odd thing to say.
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  • He said, "In everythinggive thanks."
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  • He didn't say givethanks for everything.
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  • Don't thank God 'causeyou ain't got no gas.
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  • Don't thank God because you justgot beat up by your husband.
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  • That's not what he said.
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  • He said there is such a powerinvested in the sacrifice of
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  • thanksgiving, that he said do itin everything, no matter what
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  • it is.
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  • When it's good, inthat give him thanks.
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  • When it's a little interesting,in that give him thanks.
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  • When you don't even know what'sgoing on, pause and give
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  • him thanks.
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  • Now, look what hesays in the Amplified.
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  • He says, "Thank God ineverything, no matter what the
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  • circumstances may be."
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  • And you know, we all havedifferent kind of circumstances.
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  • We've gathered here thismorning, and there are lots of
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  • circumstances that arerepresented in this room.
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  • There are financialcircumstances, there are
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  • physical circumstances,circumstances with your health,
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  • relationship circumstanceswith your relationship.
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  • I mean, it's Thanksgiving and,you know, you're not getting
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  • along, and all kindsof circumstances.
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  • And I am saying pause, whatTaffi just said, selah, and just
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  • thank God, for what?
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  • Thank him for the other sideof whatever you may be
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  • going through.
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  • Thank him for the answer.
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  • Thank him for the good partof whatever you may be
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  • going through.
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  • I tell you, it's an anointing.
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  • He said, "No matter whatthe circumstances may be, be
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  • thankful and give thanks."
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  • So, not only to give Godthanks, but be thankful.
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  • Be thankful for whereyou are right now.
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  • Be thankful for whatyou have right now.
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  • Be thankful for the job you haveor the one you're getting ready
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  • to get right now.
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  • And if you can't find nothingelse to be thankful for, be
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  • thankful that you have a Godthat sits high and looks
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  • low, amen?
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  • Be thankful and give thanks,"For this is," this is a
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  • powerful statement, it'sthe will of God for you.
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  • It's the will of God for you,"Who are in Christ Jesus."
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  • Those who are born again,it's the will of God.
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  • It's the will of Godthat you give thanks.
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  • It's the will of God.
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  • This is not, you know, justa once-in-a-year thing.
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  • We live a thankful life, becausethankful Christians are gonna be
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  • fruitful Christians.
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  • And you have a Father who wantshis children to be fruitful.
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  • But it's difficult to befruitful if you don't respect
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  • being content.
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  • We gotta learnhow to be content.
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  • There's a profit thatcomes from being content.
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  • Yeah, maybe things are notexactly like you want it, and
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  • maybe it didn't work out exactlylike you wanted it to work out,
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  • but thank God, I am gonnabe content where I am.
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  • I am gonna learn how tobe thankful where I am.
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  • There's something about learninghow to be content where you are
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  • right now before you'll seeprogress for where you wanna be.
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  • But there's nothing that happenswhen you open your mouth and
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  • allow a bad, negative emotionto move you into a place of not
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  • being grateful.
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  • And most of the time, we get tothat place of not being grateful
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  • when we start comparingourselves amongst ourselves.
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  • When we start comparing whatyou have with what somebody else
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  • have, when you start comparingsomebody's family with your
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  • family, when you even startcomparing a commercial, a public
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  • commercial where everybody atthe table having dinner and
  • 00:15:55.367 --> 00:15:57.736
  • everything together.
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  • Oh, that ain't me.
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  • When you do that, all of asudden, you lose contentment and
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  • you become ungrateful, and youstart complaining about what you
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  • have and where you are.
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  • So, you don't drive a Mercedes.
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  • So, you're driving a 1975 Honda,but that Honda hadn't let you
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  • down, not one day.
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  • And one of the things you gottabe careful is when you start,
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  • you know, being critical andungrateful for what you
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  • already have.
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  • I mean, God has donesomething for you.
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  • You need to be appreciative ofwhat he has done for you and in
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  • your life, but when you startcomparing, you start belittling
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  • the blessings ofGod in your life.
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  • I said when you start comparing,you start belittling the
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  • blessings that God hasgiven you in your life.
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  • So, everybody always thinks theyhave it worse off than somebody
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  • else until you can getin somebody else's shoes.
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  • Oh, you think I wish I couldbe them, until you get in
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  • their shoes.
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  • It's easy to smile and put painton the face, and come to church
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  • and look happy.
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  • Some of them folks would tradetheir mansion to be a part of
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  • your 1.000 square foot housewhere they can come together and
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  • be rich in the love of family.
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  • Some of you rich and don't evenknow you are, 'cause you only
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  • think rich pertains to money.
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  • But I'm telling you to be richin love, and rich in joy, and
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  • rich in fellowship, and rich inall of these things that we seem
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  • to neglect.
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  • I am saying this is the day thatwe wanna show thanksgiving to
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  • Jesus for allowingus to live this life.
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  • I'm grateful for my life.
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  • You've got to learn how to bethankful for the small things in
  • 00:17:44.176 --> 00:17:49.181
  • your life, and I tell you,that's how you get promoted to
  • 00:17:49.214 --> 00:17:52.484
  • the big things.
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  • But God wants you to bethankful all the way up.
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  • Every step you take,be thankful for it.
  • 00:17:55.921 --> 00:17:57.956
  • So, you gotta start where youare being thankful, and then
  • 00:17:57.990 --> 00:18:00.592
  • there's anotherstep, being thankful.
  • 00:18:00.626 --> 00:18:01.927
  • And then there's anotherstep, being thankful.
  • 00:18:01.960 --> 00:18:03.695
  • And there's anotherstep, being thankful.
  • 00:18:03.729 --> 00:18:05.564
  • And then one of those steps,you're just gonna have to break
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  • down and just cry.
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  • "Lord, you just don't know.
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  • I'm so doggone blessed."
  • 00:18:09.835 --> 00:18:11.303
  • And then nobody understands yourtears but you and God, because
  • 00:18:11.336 --> 00:18:14.506
  • there's no way you should bewhere you are right now, except
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  • it was for the Lord.
  • 00:18:18.010 --> 00:18:19.311
  • There's no way you're supposedto have what you have right now,
  • 00:18:19.344 --> 00:18:22.214
  • except Jesus gotinvolved in that thing.
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  • There's no way that you can befree from the shame, and the
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  • guilt, and the condemnation thatyou thought you would have, but
  • 00:18:28.420 --> 00:18:32.024
  • the Holy Ghost started workingon the inside of you, and here
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  • you are today giving thanks thatI'm not what I used to be, I may
  • 00:18:35.160 --> 00:18:39.965
  • not be what I wanna be, but atleast I'm not what I used to be.
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  • Thank you, Jesus.
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  • That's his will.That's his will.
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  • Somebody says, "Well, Idon't know what the
  • 00:19:00.719 --> 00:19:02.854
  • will of God is for my life."
  • 00:19:02.888 --> 00:19:04.189
  • That's 'cause you're notabiding in the very plainly
  • 00:19:04.223 --> 00:19:07.726
  • stated will of God foryour life, be thankful.
  • 00:19:07.759 --> 00:19:12.164
  • Sometimes you get so frustratedlooking for what you're supposed
  • 00:19:12.197 --> 00:19:14.900
  • to do, you're just not thankfulfor where you are right now.
  • 00:19:14.933 --> 00:19:17.836
  • Now, so that's thewill of God for us.
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  • Begin to practice that.
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  • Begin to walk in that.
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  • Use today as an opportunityto say, "You know what?
  • 00:19:25.510 --> 00:19:27.546
  • I'm gonna be more conscious andmore aware of taking the time to
  • 00:19:27.579 --> 00:19:31.783
  • just be thankfulfor where I am."
  • 00:19:31.817 --> 00:19:33.285
  • Sometimes, you know, we'refocused on moving ahead and not
  • 00:19:33.318 --> 00:19:37.723
  • being grateful forjust where I am.
  • 00:19:37.756 --> 00:19:39.825
  • And I believe the gratitudeand the thanksgiving is what
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  • prepares the nextsteps in your life.
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  • So, if you've been wonderingwhere are the next steps in my
  • 00:19:46.098 --> 00:19:48.967
  • life, let's startwith being gracious.
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  • Let's start with being thankful.
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  • Let's start with the willof God for your life.
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  • And I believe that all thingsare gonna be made clear to you
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  • on exactly what you need to do,how you need to do it, when you
  • 00:20:02.180 --> 00:20:04.549
  • need to do it, how you need todo it, and all is well with
  • 00:20:04.583 --> 00:20:08.854
  • you, amen?
  • 00:20:08.887 --> 00:20:11.056
  • Alright, let's go tothis next Scripture.
  • 00:20:11.089 --> 00:20:12.124
  • Luke chapter 17verse 13 through 19.
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  • This is very interesting here,because--Lord, I wrote so fast I
  • 00:20:16.061 --> 00:20:24.870
  • don't even know if that'sa 17 or a 7, let's see.
  • 00:20:24.903 --> 00:20:29.741
  • Yeah, this is it.
  • 00:20:29.775 --> 00:20:33.011
  • "And they lifted up theirvoices, and they said, 'Jesus,
  • 00:20:33.045 --> 00:20:35.514
  • Master, have mercy on us.'
  • 00:20:35.547 --> 00:20:37.282
  • And when he saw them," now thisis the story about these guys
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  • who had leprosy.
  • 00:20:42.721 --> 00:20:45.624
  • And at that time, you know, theydidn't have any cure for that.
  • 00:20:45.657 --> 00:20:50.829
  • And so, they heard about Jesusand the healing power in his
  • 00:20:50.862 --> 00:20:54.800
  • life, "And when he saw them,he said unto them, 'Go show
  • 00:20:54.833 --> 00:20:58.704
  • yourselves unto the priests.'
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  • And it came to pass that as theywent," underline, "And as
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  • they went."
  • 00:21:05.177 --> 00:21:06.845
  • "As they went."
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  • "As they went, theywere cleansed."
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  • "As they went, theywere cleansed."
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  • I believe the Lord is gonnabegin to speak some things to
  • 00:21:15.754 --> 00:21:18.090
  • you, and as you go, see,sometimes we just sit still in
  • 00:21:18.123 --> 00:21:25.163
  • fear not wanting to move,'cause we're not sure exactly
  • 00:21:25.197 --> 00:21:28.900
  • where it's gonna end up, butsometimes things happen as
  • 00:21:28.934 --> 00:21:31.903
  • you go.
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  • Hallelujah, I believe tonight,today, as you came to church,
  • 00:21:33.605 --> 00:21:37.409
  • some stuff was happening,praise the Lord.
  • 00:21:37.442 --> 00:21:39.678
  • See, you can sit and worry,but you can also just
  • 00:21:39.711 --> 00:21:42.647
  • move, just begin to step out.
  • 00:21:42.681 --> 00:21:43.982
  • "And as they went,they were cleansed."
  • 00:21:44.015 --> 00:21:47.152
  • Alright, now watchthis next verse.
  • 00:21:47.185 --> 00:21:49.087
  • He says, "And one of them, whenhe saw that he was healed," one
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  • of 'em, he turned back.
  • 00:21:53.792 --> 00:21:58.764
  • One turned back.
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  • "And with a loud voicehe glorified God."
  • 00:22:01.700 --> 00:22:06.238
  • I imagine it sounded like aBaptist glorifying God,
  • 00:22:06.271 --> 00:22:09.141
  • "Thank you!"
  • 00:22:09.174 --> 00:22:12.577
  • Probably not, but that's--andverse 16, now watch this.
  • 00:22:12.611 --> 00:22:18.483
  • "And he fell down on his face."
  • 00:22:18.517 --> 00:22:21.686
  • Wow, has God ever done somethingto you so amazing that it caused
  • 00:22:21.720 --> 00:22:25.957
  • you to just fall down?
  • 00:22:25.991 --> 00:22:28.693
  • He fell down on his face,"Giving him thanks," "Giving him
  • 00:22:28.727 --> 00:22:33.832
  • thanks, and he was a Samaritan."
  • 00:22:33.865 --> 00:22:38.637
  • Now watch this in verse 17,"And Jesus answering him said,
  • 00:22:38.670 --> 00:22:43.475
  • 'Excuse me, butwere there not ten?'"
  • 00:22:43.508 --> 00:22:48.780
  • How come you the onlyone that came back?
  • 00:22:48.814 --> 00:22:51.116
  • "Were there not ten?"
  • 00:22:51.149 --> 00:22:54.953
  • He said, "Where are the nine?"
  • 00:22:54.986 --> 00:22:59.291
  • Lord, have mercy.
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  • "There are not found thatreturned to give God glory or
  • 00:23:02.294 --> 00:23:07.432
  • thanks, except this stranger."
  • 00:23:07.466 --> 00:23:12.137
  • Now, remember I said to youwherever there is thanksgiving
  • 00:23:12.170 --> 00:23:15.907
  • there's gonna be fruitfulnessand manifestation, mmm.
  • 00:23:15.941 --> 00:23:21.213
  • Verse 19, "And he saidunto him, 'Arise.'"
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  • Now, that word "arise"means to change your
  • 00:23:25.917 --> 00:23:27.953
  • posture and your position.
  • 00:23:27.986 --> 00:23:32.090
  • "Arise, go your way, your faithhas made thee," watch
  • 00:23:32.123 --> 00:23:40.932
  • this, "Whole."
  • 00:23:40.966 --> 00:23:42.534
  • Everybody say, "Whole."
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  • Now, you've got to understandabout leprosy in those days.
  • 00:23:44.903 --> 00:23:48.173
  • They would be missing fingersand limbs, and the infection
  • 00:23:48.206 --> 00:23:55.547
  • would cause them tomiss out on some things.
  • 00:23:55.580 --> 00:23:57.949
  • So, they were healed of leprosy,which means leprosy stopped,
  • 00:23:57.983 --> 00:24:02.320
  • it stopped.
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  • It couldn't messwith 'em no more.
  • 00:24:04.089 --> 00:24:06.458
  • But this one guy didn't stop.
  • 00:24:06.491 --> 00:24:09.628
  • He showed gratitude, and Jesussaid, "Oh, for you, be made,"
  • 00:24:09.661 --> 00:24:15.667
  • watch this, "whole."
  • 00:24:15.700 --> 00:24:17.903
  • That meant that if there werefingers missing, they had to
  • 00:24:17.936 --> 00:24:22.173
  • grow back.
  • 00:24:22.207 --> 00:24:25.510
  • Because you're not whole ifthere's something missing.
  • 00:24:25.544 --> 00:24:31.049
  • My question to you thisThanksgiving morning, you hear
  • 00:24:31.082 --> 00:24:34.486
  • how I said that, mo-nin, notmorning, mo-nin, my question to
  • 00:24:34.519 --> 00:24:38.156
  • you is what ismissing in your life?
  • 00:24:38.189 --> 00:24:42.827
  • And the way you deal with what'smissing in your life is
  • 00:24:42.861 --> 00:24:45.964
  • you do and you check outwhat this guy did.
  • 00:24:45.997 --> 00:24:48.633
  • He gave glory to God.
  • 00:24:48.667 --> 00:24:50.302
  • He gave thanksgiving to God.
  • 00:24:50.335 --> 00:24:52.037
  • And Jesus said, "Yourfaith has made you whole."
  • 00:24:52.070 --> 00:24:55.907
  • What was he saying?
  • 00:24:55.941 --> 00:24:57.008
  • The way you responded inthanksgiving has restored
  • 00:24:57.042 --> 00:25:01.580
  • whatever was missingin your life.
  • 00:25:01.613 --> 00:25:03.682
  • So, if there's anything broken,and if there's anything missing
  • 00:25:03.715 --> 00:25:06.918
  • in your life, I'm advising youthis morning to give God the
  • 00:25:06.952 --> 00:25:10.889
  • glory, and to give Godthanksgiving, and he will
  • 00:25:10.922 --> 00:25:14.559
  • restore whatever's missing andwhatever's broken in your life.
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  • Somebody shout, "Restore."
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